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Vintage Photos Of Big And Beautiful Hairstyles From The 1960s

Americans were way more in to "big" in the 60s- big cars, big collars and big hairstyles, but in order to live large folks had to put in work. Can you imagine washing one of those giant 60s street boats by hand?

People probably washed their cars about as often as women washed their hair, which according to my grandma was about once or twice a week, which is one of the secrets to big hair.

In order to create their picture perfect beehives, bouffants, pompadours and blowouts they had to backcomb their hair for maximum volume, a time consuming practice that would be reserved for a special occasion today.

But many of the women in these vintage photos maintained their crazy hairstyles daily, and they should have been given a trophy for their dedication to coiffed hair. Or perhaps a bobblehead would have been more appropriate?

See 30 Hair Styles From The 1960s That Will Boggle Your Mind here


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Backcombing tangled your hair something fierce, so you didn't do it often. I knew plenty of older women who went to the beauty salon once a week and that was the only time their hair was washed. They slept in a turban to keep those beehives from coming undone. The other secret was hairspray -lots and lots of it. That stuff was nasty. I'm glad that fell out of style by the time I was old enough to want a 'do.
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